E5 chord

E5 chords (E power chord) for guitar in different forms, including open positions and shapes with alternative bass note.


E5 chord diagram 02XXXX

The diagram shows a popular way to play E5. This is an open chord and involves only one finger. The chord consists of the notes E and B.

Alternative shapes without a double octave note

E5 power chords

E5 with a double octave

E5 (open)

  • E5 in close position 022XXX


  • E5 in close position X799XX

E5 alternative chords


  • E5/B


  • E5/B

Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

E5 - G5 - A5

Chord names

E5 is also called E power chord. E5/B is an inverted version of the chord.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the E5 chord consists of are E, B.
When it's played with three notes the E note is duplicated on a higher octave.

Finger position

Index (1st) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.

Alternative shapes

The open strings in standard tuning affect the conditions for chords. For example, a power chord is normally played on two or three strings, but E5 can be played over all six strings as 079900.

Written in tab format (main version in open position)

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- 2 -
- 0 -

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